Finding God’s Gentleness in a Rush of Wind

Along the country road, the Lord taught me a lesson in the wind.

A rush of wind swept through the treetops like the sound of crashing waves, its power witnessed in the bending of branches and the tousling of remaining leaves. Yet far below the forest canopy, I walked in a broad patch of sunshine without the slightest breeze.

Discovering God’s Gentleness

In fact, I knew the blast of wind came only because I heard its whistle and saw its effects above me.

But in the sunshine, I couldn’t feel the wind.

The gentleness of God touched me.

My spirit stirred. I’m listening, Lord.

I stood still for a minute and watched. And listened. The effects of the wind were evident above me, but I couldn’t feel it at all. The fact that I couldn’t feel it did not discount the fact that it was there.

… The fact that I couldn’t feel the wind did not discount the fact that it was there …

Naturally, I thought of God’s Spirit. I thought of something Jesus said to Nicodemus as he strove to understand the ways of God: “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”*

I chuckled at the goodness of God — at His gentleness in showing me such a thing.

But the lesson wasn’t over.

The Wind Blows Where it Wishes

I turned for home. As I rounded the next curve, I found myself enveloped in shadows. The trees arched over the road and entwined their fingertips, creating a shady area on the road.

The same wind that sang above me in the sunshine where I watched its presence but couldn’t feel it — that same wind was now all around me, blowing me down the road.

The gentleness of God found me in the shadows.

The wind blew fierce in the shadows, and cold air filled the darkness. I pulled the scarf around my face, hunched my shoulders, and bent over to guard against the bitter chill of the shade.

And then I smiled.

The same wind I could watch from my place of sunshine was now wrapping me in its presence in this place of cold shadows.

Aha! The completed God-moment.

“For the Lord is the one who shaped the mountains,
    stirs up the winds, and reveals His thoughts to mankind.
He turns the light of dawn into darkness
    and treads on the heights of the earth.
    The Lord God of Heaven’s Armies is His name!” ~ Amos 4:13 NLT

Isn’t that so like God? He promises to be with us always. Even when we can’t see Him. Even when we don’t feel His Presence. Nothing changes the fact that He is with us.


The Lord God Of Heaven’s Armies is His Name

In the sunshine, the happy times, the peaceful times, He is there. The effects of His Spirit can be seen around us – in the smile of a widow. In the laugh of a child. In the warm embrace of a friend. Oh yes. He is there.

It’s interesting that in the shadows, He embraces us.

He doesn’t leave us to guess His Presence.

In the harsh cold of the darkness, God comes near and breathes the breath of heaven into our weary souls. He surrounds us with the whirlwind of His power. Comforting. Protecting. Intervening.

When I need Him most, He is there, up close, and personal. God’s gentleness reassures me.

Yes, when I need Him — when you need Him — He makes Himself known.


*John 3:7-8

Nan Jones

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire where she is a monthly contributor. She is also a monthly contributor to PW Connections, a blog and forum to encourage pastors' wives. Nan has had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. This memoir was a 2016 Selah finalist. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and LPC Bookstore

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